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Society Spotlight: Countdown to commencement

As a fourth-year, I am so excited to finally have less than a month until graduation. It is a bittersweet time for fourth-years in Societies because we are not just graduating, we are leaving people we consider family and moving into alumni-hood. I spoke with a number of non-senior Society members, and here is what they had to say to and about their graduating members: 

Society Spotlight: Countdown to commencement

Spotlighting Societies’ Bigs and Littles

One of the most well-known traditions associated with Societies is the concept of “Bigs and Littles.” As a non-Society member, it’s easy to assume that these titles are just placed on two people and the two people then assume the respective roles, but this is simply not true. The Big -Little dynamic is a relationship that allows one to grow in their leadership skills, teaches the importance of empathy and mutual respect, and builds a bond that lasts forever.

Spotlighting Societies’ Bigs and Littles

Better late than never: Getting involved on campus Spring semester

For many, the start of Spring semester signifies resuming responsibilities and returning to routine. Students rarely break out of  “comfort-zones” well-established before February. These can consist of things like friend groups, study habits, clubs, organizations, etc. It often feels like anything you’ve missed out on first semester will just have to wait until next Fall. “Senioritis” kicks in regardless of what year you’re in, and all you want is to get through the next four months as quickly and smoothly as possible. It becomes easy to feel like you have already decided exactly what this semester would be like months ago, but if you’re looking for new opportunities or a fresh start, it is much easier to find one than you might believe.

Better late than never: Getting involved on campus Spring semester

Yoga in Uptown becoming a Local Fixture

Nestled on the peaceful corner of Bright Avenue and Bailey Street in Uptown Whittier, Local Fixture brings out the best of Uptown. In a statement from their website, Local Fixture can be described as “a family of Whittier locals who designed and curated an experience around the things we love. For us, it’s all about community, good coffee, and sharing our appreciation for fine goods. Come see for yourself and pay us a visit the next time you’re Uptown.” This indeed rings true. 

Yoga in Uptown becoming a Local Fixture

At a crossroads between family planning

Nestled in a quiet and historic Uptown Whittier street corner, Planned Parenthood of Whittier provides family planning services to thousands of women every year. With discreet window shading and security-enforced entrances, the building does not seem to be the most welcoming. Yet upon entering, posters with slogans such as: “No judgment. Just Care” and “We’re here for you. Our doors are open” line the walls, alongside various pride flags. The corner next to the front desk is flanked with pamphlets on various sexual health dilemmas and their treatments, as well as resources on birth control and family planning.

At a crossroads between family planning

Society Spotlight: Franklin Edition

The semester is slowly coming to a close and so is Rush season. As you begin to choose whether or not to join a Society, remember this decision is your own. If your friend is going one way, that does not mean you have to go the same way. Whittier College Societies promote inter-Society connections and relationships, which is the reason we have the Inter-Society Council. Being in a Society, you are encouraged to branch out and meet other people, not just from other Societies, but also those not in Societies. It’s important to remember that joining a Society does not mean you can only be friends with the people in your Society.

Society Spotlight:  Franklin Edition

Veteran’s organization spreads holiday cheer

The Whittier College Student Veteran Organization (WCSVO) is partnering with the Veteran Success Office to bring The Marine Toys for Tots drive to campus to collect toys for underprivileged children in the United States. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a non-profit charity which was formed by United States Marine Corps (USMC) Major Bill Hendricks in 1947 and was authorized as a non-profit in 1991. It is currently run by the USMC Reserve. Since the charity’s creation, 548 million toys have been donated to 251 million children, and for the past seventeen years has been recognized as one of the top charities by  The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Veteran’s organization spreads holiday cheer

Election Day, the Whittier way

For many college students, the Nov. 6 election will be the first important election they can take part in. One of the most important parts of our democracy is the right to vote, yet only 46 percent of citizens ages 18 – 35 voted in the 2016 presidential election as compared to 72 percent of those over the age of 71, according to NPR. Valerie Strauss wrote in her article for The Washington Post that “[The youth] have not learned how to register to vote . . . They haven’t learned that they have power . . . This lack of education translates into a lack of political engagement.” In order to change this, the youth — college students in particular — need to understand how and where to vote. 

Election Day, the Whittier way

Society Spotlight: Metaphonian Edition

To learn more about the Metaphonian Society you are welcome to attend any of the events below: 

Rock lunch: every Monday outside the spot

Calligraphy Workshop: Nov. 11 at 6:02 p.m., Club 88, RSVP

Menchie’s Fundraiser: Oct. 22 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rush: Nov. 4 at 9:02 a.m., RSVP to Miss Genesis ggil@poets.whittier.edu or Miss Haily hmccord@poets.whittier for details

Society Spotlight: Metaphonian Edition

Community Day the CA way

The Whittier College department of Housing and Residential Life (Res Life) held their semesterly Community Day on Thursday, Oct. 4. Community Days are an initiative on behalf of Res Life to give students a place to relax and make friends. This semester, the theme was “Poetpalooza,”  and the celebration included DJs from KPoet, bounce houses, and caricature artists. Students painted pumpkins, posed in a photo booth, and popped paint-filled balloons onto a canvas. 

Community Day the CA way

Thoughts From a Twin XL

September was a month for meeting the family. In between learning names, sensibilities, stress levels, and favorite foods, I remember a time (only a month before) when my boyfriend was not ready for me to meet his family, and frankly (probably) didn’t want me to at all. “Family is something I am very apprehensive about,” he told me again on Monday. “My personal life doesn’t overlap with my family life … so to have you in my living room for so long … it’s a lot for me.” The moment he’s talking about consisted of us sharing stories, music, and baby pictures in his parents’ living room the night we celebrated his dad’s birthday. It’s all a lot for me too, but in different ways than it is for him, my partner (I assume — scratch that — I know. Maybe?). 

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, one year later

The one year anniversary of the Hurricane Maria passed last Thursday, on Sept. 20, and the Whittier College community held a vigil to commemorate those who were lost and the destruction that occurred. Considering such damage, Whittier Scholars Program Coordinator and Head of Poets Por Puerto Rico Joanna Diaz noted the importance of maintaining the public’s awareness. “We wanted to make sure that people continue to think about Puerto Rico.” Diaz said. “The island is still suffering.” 


Dorm life and the living (can) be easy

It is the third week of the semester, and many of us are still adjusting, or re-adjusting, to college life and residence hall life in particular. After the chaos of moving into your room, you probably went to a floor meeting to discuss community guidelines for living together. However, the details on how to be a good roommate may have been left up to you and the other students in your building to know and learn. If you are new to living in residence halls, you may be unfamiliar with dorm etiquette. If you are a returner, perhaps you could use a refresher (or know someone who could). Not to worry — as seasoned dormers, we are here to give you the insider’s guide to residence hall etiquette. 

Dorm life and the living (can) be easy

Intro to intramurals

The start of the school year signals a few consistent things: all-nighter study sessions after procrastinating too long, the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS), and emails encouraging students to sign up for intramurals. I am what people could call “uncoordinated” or “unathletic,” so when I first got to Whittier College and my friends wanted to form an intramural sports team, I was terrified. 

Intro to intramurals

What’s up in Whittier: A locals guide to the surrounding area

Are you new to Whittier? Were you raised in a nearby area, but are looking for new places to spend your college life? Thankfully, Whittier is surrounded by big cities with many must visit locations. This list will tell you all the best spots, from where to get the best iced coffee to the best beach to hit up during spring break. Enjoy! 

What’s up in Whittier: A locals guide to the surrounding area

Whittier College to host Model United Nations in 2020

Do you think you could solve the world’s problems? Are you the kind of person that would like to at least try? Model United Nations (MUN) provides a unique opportunity for young leaders to test their negotiation, teamwork, and creative problem solving skills.

Whittier College to host Model United Nations in 2020

BLM co-founder talks terrorism in an anti-Black world

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors will be giving her new book, titled When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir, to the first 70 student attendees of her talk for free. Join The Office of Equity and Inclusion and the rest of the student body for her talk May 3., at 7 p.m. in the Shannon Center.

BLM co-founder talks terrorism in an anti-Black world

Senior’s Theatre projects inspire individuality

Senior Theatre majors have many options when it comes to their capstone project. These four students have decided to some kind of performance for their final project at Whittier. From puppets to live performance, read all about their upcoming projects!

Senior’s Theatre projects inspire individuality